The Brewers could haul in a former Mets All-Star pitcher
The Milwaukee Brewers have a solid core of pitchers slated to start the 2023 season. Corbin Burns and Brandon Woodruff can give national league batters fits on the mound. But with the way the Brewers extend elite players’ contracts, they might not be around for long. The Brewers will need to look to bring in another pitcher or two in free agency or via a trade. One MLB writer thinks they should go after a former Mets All-Star.
The Brewers received three pitching prospects for their best slugger, Hunter Renfroe, who was traded to the Los Angeles Angels. However, one MLB writer suggests the team needs to be aggressive for the 2023 season. Jim Bowden with The Athletic wrote about free agency fits for each MLB team. Bowden thinks the Brewers would do well to sign right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker.
“The Brewers are looking to add more pitching as they realize their potential path to the postseason will be paved by pitching and defense. Milwaukee has one of the best rotations in the league, led by Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, Eric Lauer and Freddy Peralta. However, at some point, the Brewers will probably have to trade one or two of them because they will all be free agents after the 2024 season. (Peralta has club options for 2025 and 2026.) Walker (12-5, 3.49 ERA in 29 starts last season) is a sensible signing that, along with the developing Aaron Ashby, would put the Brewers in a better position for those unpopular trades in the future.”
Walker could be a solid replacement
The Brewers won’t be able to keep all of their rotation. The Brewers could do a lot worse than signing Walker. Walker was a Mets All-Star for the 2021 season. Walker has been in the MLB since 2013. He has a 54-50 record during that time with an average ERA of 3.89. Walker is no potential replacement for Burnes. However, he can be a decent stepping stone before the developing prospects are ready for the Brewers.